Lakeland chamber hopes to emulate Orlando’s entrepreneur program

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    Most people associate entrepreneurs with people who start a new business, but a center for entrepreneurship proposed for Lakeland could also help existing companies grow, a concept called “interpreneur.”

    “In the innovation economy, every existing company needs to start encouraging employees to think entrepreneurially. That is how they can continue to adapt and evolve to compete,” said Jerry Ross, president of the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando. “If you work for a small business — and most businesses in Florida are small — you will have to perform a lot of tasks and be versatile in how you work, so you need to embrace a little entrepreneurial thinking because small companies are constantly evolving.”

    The Lakeland Chamber is looking for a new headquarters to replace its current office at 35 Lake Morton Drive, which it has outgrown.